By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Assistant
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The Georgia College Softball team (26-14, 12-4 PBC) continues to hold on to its top-seeded spot in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) standings after downing the University of Montevallo (15-17, 4-7 PBC) twice on the road Saturday night, 8-5 and 11-3.
The two-win outing started in the Bobcats' favor as Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia) used a sacrifice bunt in the first inning to bring Baylee Hall (Hephzibah, Georgia) around the bases for the first score of the game. The Falcons answered quickly, though, as Kelsey Vining recorded an RBI single in the bottom of the first, scoring Celestia Davila off Bobcat starting pitcher Kayla Price (Indian Land, South Carolina).
The bats went quiet for both sides in the second, but the Bobcats gained momentum with a Price single to lead off the third. With runners on first and second, Coursey got her second RBI of the day off a center field single as Hall once again crossed home. Senior Faith Flanders (Dublin, Georgia) brought in Deja Lester (Jacksonville, Georgia) on the next at bat, and Caroline Snider hit the third-straight Bobcat single to score Coursey.
With only one out on the board, the Falcons walked Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia) to load the bases but then got Flanders out at home on a fielder's choice. The Bobcats' Shawnda Martin (Calhoun, Georgia) stepped into the batter's box with two outs and bases loaded. An unfortunate error by Montevallo's right fielder allowed all three base runners to score, leaving Martin on second. After the massive six-run top of the third, the Bobcats commanded the lead 7-1.
Again the Falcons answered immediately, plating two in the bottom half. The Bobcats entered the fourth still leading 7-3, but the ladies of the Blue and Green put one more on the board due to another Montevallo error. The Falcons again chipped away at the 8-3 deficit as Davila stole home in the bottom of the fourth inning, making the score 8-4.
The Falcons were able to score one more in the bottom of the sixth, but the Bobcats notched out a "W" for the first game, winning 8-5. Price pitched two innings and was given the win for game one.
Game two fared similarly for the Bobcats, as Georgia College took the sweep with an 11-3 run-rule win.
The Bobcats continued to hit off the home team, adding two more runs in the third. The Falcons answered the 5-0 score by plating three of their own in the bottom of the of the inning, two coming off a monstrous Vining triple to right field.
The Bobcats weren't about to split the doubleheader, though. Once again, the bats came alive. With runners on second and third, Rice singled through left, allowing Holland Coursey to score. Then her sister Hannah smacked a double to let Flanders come around the diamond. To cap off the inning, Price slammed a three-run home run over the left field fence to clear the bases and put the Bobcats up 10-3.
The Falcons were unable to score in the next half inning, allowing a Flanders single and Lester run to end the night in five – the final score 11-3. Price again got the win in the circle, moving her up to a 16-3 season record.
Hall was the most productive in game one, going 2-for-3 and scoring three times.
In game two, Hannah Coursey went a perfect 3-for-3 at bat, scoring two runners and crossing home three times herself. Price led the squad with four RBIs from game two.
The Bobcats travel from Montevallo to Savannah as they prepare to play No. 13 Armstrong State University Sunday, April 2. It's a battle for the top spot in the Peach Belt with the Bobcats just one win behind the Pirates. First pitch for game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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